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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:53 PM

Cost of Diabetes: Financial toll of diabetes extends beyond those diagnosed with disease

Cross-posted in the Texas Group and General Discussion forum.

[font color=green]This story is a part of a series of articles that have appeared in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times this year. This is a long, informative article so it may be appropriate to bookmark for later reading.

Full disclosure: I have type-I diabetes and was diagnosed 15 years ago.[/font]

CORPUS CHRISTI ó Jerry Madrigalís life is spent in medical offices.

What started as a small sore on the 49-year-oldís foot has turned into a diabetes diagnosis and an endless series of pricey procedures and prescription medications.

No longer able to work, Madrigal lives on disability checks and his wifeís part-time pay. He has no clue how much all of this costs; his medical bills are fully covered by government-funded Medicaid.

One of the stateís costliest diseases, diabetesí financial toll extends beyond those diagnosed, reaching into the pocketbooks of taxpayers and those with health insurance who pick up the tab for the uninsured or those on government-funded health care plans.

More at http://www.caller.com/news/2013/mar/03/cost-of-diabetes-financial-toll-of-diabetes-with/ .

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